Explore the Pacific Northwest

Calendar of Events

Explore the Pacific Northwest

Your Guide to Top Festivals, Shows, Celebrations and More

Looking for fun things to do this weekend or on your next road trip? Our events calendar is your go-to source for information on exciting festivals, street fairs, concerts, performances, exhibitions and more across the Pacific Northwest.

Locations:
Washington  |  Idaho  |  Oregon  |  British Columbia

Seasonal:
Fall Fairs and Festivals in Washington State and North Idaho


Washington

Now — August 25, Long Beach
WASHINGTON STATE INTERNATIONAL KITE FESTIVAL
Colorful kites of all shapes and sizes bob in the wind above Long Beach during a week of competitions, displays and kids’ events; a lighted night flight is accompanied by fireworks on Friday. (360) 642-4020, www.kitefestival.com

Now – August 30, Friday Harbor
SAN JUAN SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL
Makers from throughout the islands converge every Friday night in August to showcase island-made art, foods and libations, with local and visiting musicians adding to the lively scene. Brickworks Plaza, www.sanjuancountyarts.org

Now – September 2, Seattle
DESTINATION MOON: THE APOLLO 11 MISSION 
This special exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the July 20, 1969 lunar landing, featuring the Columbia command module and more than 20 artifacts from the Apollo program. AAA members get a discounted museum admission by showing their membership card. Museum of Flight, (206) 764-5700, www.museumofflight.org

Now — September 3, Langley
ISLAND SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
Revel in timeless tales performed island-style Wednesday through Sunday evenings. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Inferno and The Winter’s Tale will be performed in repertory each evening. Guests are invited to arrive early to picnic and enjoy the ambiance. South Whidbey Primary School, (360) 371-5004, www.islandshakespearefest.org

Now – September 8, Seattle
VICTORIAN RADICALS
Explores how three generations of rebellious 19th-century British artists responded to great social upheaval and an increasingly industrial world. Featuring 150 works — including paintings, drawings, books, sculptures, textiles, stained glass and other decorative arts — the exhibition reveals how these artists’ passionate social vision revolutionized the visual arts in Britain. Seattle Art Museum, (206) 654-3100, www.seattleartmuseum.org

August 23-24, Ferndale
FERNDALE STREET FESTIVAL
This annual gathering has more than 100 vendors, live music, a classic car show, kids and family activities, food trucks and a beer garden (remember to plan a safe ride home). Friday night features country line dancing, Saturday night features 80’s rock and dancing. (360) 384-3042, ferndale-chamber.com

August 23–25, Chehalis
WASHINGTON GARLIC FEST AND CRAFT SHOW
Garlic cuisine, from mild to wild, is highlighted at this festive event that also boasts live music, a beer garden (remember to plan a safe ride home) and kids activities. Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, (360) 740-1495, www.wastategarlicfest.com

August 23–25, Vancouver
VANCOUVER WINE & JAZZ FESTIVAL
Jazz concerts and wine tasting make a perfect pairing; this year’s theme is American jazz and blues. Remember to plan a safe ride home. Esther Short Park, (360) 906-0441, www.vancouverwinejazz.com

August 24, Friday Harbor
CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE OF THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS
This annual charity event showcases classic and unique cars, with wine, music and prizes as an added bonus. Remember to plan a safe ride home. San Juan Vineyards, www.sanjuanconcours.org

August 24, Wenatchee
WENATCHEE WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL
Local wineries are at the center of this festival, with a judged competition of more than 200 entries from North Central Washington wineries. Remember to plan a safe ride home.. (509) 664-7149, www.wenatcheewineandfood.com

August 24–25, Bellevue
ARTS IN THE GARDEN
Enamel birds, blown-glass flowers and additional garden art from more than 30 artists will be sited throughout the garden, accompanied by the artists who created them, with live music and refreshments adding to the colorful mix. Bellevue Botanical Garden, (425) 452-2750, www.artsinthegardenbellevue.org

August 30 — September 1, Oak Harbor
OAK HARBOR MUSIC FESTIVAL
Two main stages will host more than 30 bands and acts, featuring all types of musical genres. Attendees can listen to free, live music from two outdoor beer gardens (remember to plan a safe ride home), with local food vendors, arts and crafts booths and pop-up shops. Downtown Oak Harbor, www.oakharborfestival.com

August 30 — September 1, Olympia
OLYMPIA HARBOR DAYS
This annual event features the world’s largest vintage tugboat race, evening sails, adventure sails, battle sails and vessel tours. Percival Landing, www.harbordays.com

August 30 — September 1, Richland
TUMBLEWEED MUSIC FESTIVAL
Folk music, bluegrass, blues, Celtic music and more combine in this music-filled event alongside the mighty Columbia; dancing, food, an open mic stage, and arts and crafts vendors add to the scene. Howard Amon Park, www.tumbleweedfest.com

August 30 — September 2, Long Beach Peninsula
CHINOOK ARTS FESTIVAL
Arts and crafts will be showcased at this event, which features blown glass, stained glass, photography, jewelry, oil and watercolors, pottery, wood sculpture and more. (360) 642-2400, www.visitlongbeachpeninsula.com

August 31 — September 1, Bellingham
NORTH CASCADES BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
Two stages with live music and entertainment, with national, regional and local bluegrass bands provide the soundscape for a weekend of workshops, an instrument swap-meet, open mics, and camping. Deming Logging Showground, www.ncbf.fun

August 31 — September 1, Lopez Island
LOPEZ ISLAND STUDIO TOUR
This event's 23rd year features 35 Lopez artists at 22 studios. Join the tour Saturday and Sunday, with an opening reception Friday. www.lopezstudiotour.org

August 30 – September 2, South Bend
COME PLAY ON LABOR DAY
This early autumn ritual has a grand parade, fireworks, carnival, Tin Man Triathlon and more. (360) 642-2400, www.visitlongbeachpeninsula.com

August 31 – September 1, Lopez Island
LOPEZ ISLAND ARTISTS’ STUDIO TOUR
Experience first-hand the quality and craftsmanship of the Island's many artists by visiting open studios throughout the island on Labor Day weekend. www.lopezstudiotour.org

August 31 – September 1, Bellingham
NORTH CASCADES BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
Two stages with live music and entertainment, with national, regional and local bluegrass bands provide the soundscape for a weekend of workshops, an instrument swap-meet, open mics, and camping. Deming Logging Showground, www.ncbf.fun

September 2–4, Orcas Island
DEER HARBOR WOODEN BOAT RENDEZVOUS AND BOAT RACE
Wooden boats of all sizes attend this low-key celebration of kayaks, rowboats, motor launches, day-sailers, cruising sailboats and historic tall ships held in one of the most scenic harbors in the Pacific Northwest. www.woodenboatsocietyofthesanjuans.org

September 6–8, Bingen
HUCKLEBERRY FESTIVAL
Wild huckleberries come in all forms during this annual festival—by the gallon, in ice cream and pie, or in pancakes; vendors, live music, kids games and other entertainment add to the fun. Daubenspeck Park, (509) 493-3607, www.huckleberry-fest.com

September 6–8, Mukilteo
MUKILTEO LIGHTHOUSE FESTIVAL
The highlights include salmon bakes and lighthouse tours, plus a children’s corner with rides and a tea party and a fireworks display in the evening; parking available off-site with free shuttle. (425) 353-5516, www.mukfest.com

September 6–8, Seattle
SAN GENNARO FESTIVAL
This Italian street fair in Georgetown celebrates all things Italian through cuisine, a beer and wine garden and three nights of live music and kids activities; remember to plan a safe ride home. South Angelo Street, www.sangennarofestivalseattle.org

September 6–8, Port Townsend
WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL
Beautiful wooden vessels—more than 300 of them—line the docks and the center’s campus, offering vintage boat enthusiasts plenty to ogle at, at this annual event; talks and demonstrations by wooden boat experts add educational opportunities, while live music, a local food court, and kids activities round out the fun. Northwest Maritime Center and Point Hudson, (360) 385-3628, www.woodenboat.org

September 6–29, Seattle
“PEOPLE OF THE BOOK”
A veteran of the Iraq War who returns home to literary glory after writing an international best-seller, but questions start to emerge about the veracity of the book and its particular patriotic American viewpoint in this world premiere play by Yussef El Guindi. ACT Theatre, Allen Theatre, (206) 292-7676, www.acttheatre.org; AAA discount with promo code AAA260.

September 7, Mount Vernon
SKAGIT RIVER SALMON FESTIVAL
Celebrate the mighty Skagit River and the return of spawning salmon with music, a salmon barbecue, fly-fishing demonstrations, Native American cultural activities and additional activities. Edgewater Park, www.skagitriverfest.org

September 7, Poulsbo
CLASSIC CAR & BOAT SHO
Classic cars, boats and vintage fashion competitions with prizes and awards, plus shopping, food and hometown fun with 1920s flair. HistoricDowntownPoulsbo.com

September 7, Tacoma
WHEELS & HEELS ANNUAL GALA: LIVE AT THE CADILLAC CANTEEN
Pre-war, post-war and second-century Cadillacs are spotlighted at this annual event, with a radio variety show, an auction, four-course dinner by El Gaucho and fireworks adding to the evening’s events. LeMay — America’s Car Museum, (253) 779-8490, www.americascarmuseum.org

September 7–8, Port Angeles
GEM AND MINERAL SHOW
The Clallam County Gem and Mineral Association hosts this exhibition of gemstones, minerals, fossils, jewelry and more, including Rock Alley with games and educational displays for kids. Vern Burton Community Center, (360) 681-3811, www.sequimrocks.org

September 7–8, Ocean Park
ROD RUN TO THE END OF THE WORLD
Acres of automobiles, from Model A’s to 1960s and ’70s muscle cars, will be on display and cruising around the peninsula. (360) 665-3565, www.beachbarons.com

September 7 – October 26 (Saturdays), King, Kitsap, Pierce and Thurston counties
GLASS PUMPKIN PATCHES
Tacoma Glassblowing Studio brings more than 1,000 glass pumpkins by local artists to a new location every Saturday, from Lacey to Puyallup, Woodingville, Gig Harbor, Issaquah, Pulsbo and Tacoma. (253) 948-9699, https://tacomaglassblowing.com

September 7­ – January 5, Bellingham
“WANTED: ED BEREAL FOR DISTURBING THE PEACE”
The Whatcom Museum presents the first solo retrospective exhibition featuring the work of local artist, draftsman and object-maker Ed Bereal, whose provacative and thought-provoking work addressed identity, racial inequality, violence and war in the 1960s and ‘70s. Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher Building, (360) 778-8930, www.whatcommuseum.org

September 12 – November 17, Issaquah and Everett
“THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE”
This fast-paced, irreverent, comedic hit follows an eclectic group of middle schoolers as they fight for the title of regional spelling bee champ – and all the glory that comes with it; at Issaquah through October 20, and October 25 – November 17 in Everett. Francis J. Gaudette Theatre in Issaquah and Everett Performing Arts Center, (425) 392-2202 (Issaquah) and (425) 257-8600 (Everett), www.villagetheatre.org; AAA discount with promo code AAAVT.

September 13–15, Edmonds
PUGET SOUND BIRD FEST
This annual three-day event includes speakers, guided walks, land- and water-based field trips, exhibits, and educational activities for children and adults. Frances Anderson Center and nearby parks and local birding hotspots, www.pugetsoundbirdfest.org

September 13–15, Long Beach Peninsula
CACHE DASH SPLASH
This contemporary treasure hunt brings together geocachers from near and far to search for geocaches, exploring the Long Beach Peninsula as they make their discoveries. www.cachedashsplash.com

September 13–15, Tukwila
SEAPEX
Philatelic exhibits and more than 30 stamp dealers are at the heart of this event, which also features seminars, free evaluations of stamp collections and free stamps for kids, as well as exhibits and special activities for youth and educators. Tukwila Community Center, www.seapexshow.org

September 13–15, Walla Walla
WALLA WALLA VALLEY QUILT FESTIVAL
Display quilts, a quilt block challenge, a silent auction and more make this the must-stitch event of the season. Walla Walla County Fairgrounds, (541) 938-6130, www.wallawallaquiltfestival.org

September 13 – October 6, Tacoma“THE ADDAMS FAMILY”Everything will change for the whole of this famously dark family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents. Tacoma Musical Playhouse, (253) 565-6867, www.tmp.org; $4 AAA discount for Friday and Saturday evening performances with promo code AAA Member).

September 14, Winslow
BAINBRIDGE QUILT FESTIVAL
Winslow Way and Winslow Green will be festooned with a patchwork of quilts, thanks to the Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild; a quilt raffle, quilts for sale and a sew-in are among additional enticements. www.bainbridgequiltfestival.com

September 14, Quilcene
QUILCENE FAIR AND PARADE
“Our Town, Our Family” is the theme for this year’s fair and parade, at the Quilcene School grounds. www.quilcenefair.com

September 14-15, Kelso
KELSO HIGHLANDER FESTIVAL
Celebrate Kelso's Scottish heritage with Highland heavyweight competitions, dance competition, pipe bands, Scottish/Celtic entertainment, craft and food vendors, parade, fun run walk, golf tournament and more at this free event. Tam O'Shanter Park, www.kelso.gov

September 15, Anacortes
HOME & BOAT TOUR
Tour five unique homes and several boats at Cap Sante Boat Haven to benefit Seattle Children's Hospital uncompensated care program. (360) 428-7474, www.drsamuelgbrooksguild.org

September 15, Waitsburg
PIONEER FALL FESTIVAL
A pie-baking contest, vintage style show, live music, horse-drawn wagon rides, food, cowboy church and demonstration of historic arts and crafts are all a part of this old-fashioned festival. Bruce House Museum, (509) 386-3739, www.waitsburgmuseum.org

September 18–22, Langley
DJANGOFEST NORTHWEST
Gismo Graf Trio with Simon Planting, Pearl Django, and The Hot Club of San Francisco are among the acts at this year’s festival, which explores the traditions and innovations of Gypsy Jazz. Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, (360) 221-8268, www.djangofest.com

September 19–21, Seattle
MAHLER SYMPHONY NO. 1
In his opening concert of the Masterworks Season, Music Director Thomas Dausgaard sets an exhilarating course with Mahler’s universal First Symphony, with the lively Flounce by Finnish composer Lotta Wennäkoski opening the evening. S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium at Benaroya Hall, (206) 215-4700, www.seattlesymphony.org; AAA discount with promo code AAASSO.

September 19–22, Seattle
“CHICAGO”
Broadway’s razzle-dazzle smash about murder and mayhem in the 1920s is a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz, with one show-stopping song and delirious dance number after another. Paramount Theatre, (800) 982-2787, www.stgpresents.org; AAA discount with promo code AAASTG.

September 19–22, Odessa
DEUTSCHESFEST
Odessa embraces its German-immigrant roots with festivities centered on sausage, strudel, oompah music and craft beer (remember to plan a safe ride home), with a pickle-eating contest, ugly beard contest, kids activities, a parade on Saturday morning and other fun throughout the weekend. (509) 982-0049, www.deutschesfest.net

September 19–22, Port Townsend
PORT TOWNSEND FILM FESTIVAL
Guests have the opportunity to meet filmmakers and view a wide variety of movies at this 20th annual festival, held in eight theaters in the town’s waterfront National Historic District; the festival also features a free, kid-friendly movie under the stars Friday through Sunday. (360) 379-1333, www.ptfilmfest.com

September 20, Walla Walla
AN EVENING WITH GEORGE WINSTON
Celebrated solo pianist George Winston brings his evocative music to Walla Walla on this one-night stop on his latest US tour. Gesa Power House Theatre, (509) 529-6500, www.phtww.com

September 20–22, Seattle
ST. DEMETRIOS GREEK FESTIVAL
It’s all Greek to attendees of this lively Montlake festival, which features folk dancing and the chance to sample Greek wine, gyros, baklava Sundaes and more; remember to plan a safe ride home. St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, (206) 631-2500, www.seattlegreekfestival.com

September 20-22, Spokane Valley
VALLEYFEST
This community-centric event in locations throughout the valley kicks off with a parade on Friday, with weekend-long events including a car show, musical performances on three stages, beer garden (remember to plan a safe ride home), vendor booths and athletic events. (509) 922-3299, www.valleyfest.org

September 20 – October 26, Seattle
“INDECENT”
This powerful drama from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel is about the power of art to provide solace and light through the darkness charts the true story of a controversial 1906 play and one of the most fascinating scandals in theater history . Bagley Wright Theater, (206) 443-2222, www.seattlerep.org

September 21, Brooklyn
BROOKLYN/SAGINAW LOGGERS SHO
Local loggers from throughout the Pacific Northwest will compete in traditional logging events, with classic logging equipment on display, including one of the last working steam donkeys. Brooklyn Tavern, (360) 533-2324

September 21, Leavenworth
WENATCHEE RIVER SALMON FESTIVAL
This annual festival celebrates the return of the salmon to the Wenatchee River, with entertainment, food, craft booths, outdoor activities and a Native American program called “River Ramble at Salmon Fest,” with drumming, dancing, flint-knapping, canoe-carving and more from 12 tribes from around the Pacific Northwest. Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, (509) 548-6662, www.salmonfest.org

September 21, Seattle
FISHERMEN’S FALL FESTIVAL
This free event commemorates the return of the North Pacific fishing fleet to Salmon Bay docks, with hands-on art projects including wooden boat building; a prize-fishing pond and other family activities round out this celebration of seafarers. Fishermen’s Terminal, www.fishermensfallfestival.org

September 21–22, Bellingham
BELLINGHAM SEAFEAST
Bellingham has a rich maritime history and modern-day commercial fishing sector; this festival honors these traditions, with a variety of seafood vendors on the waterfront, survival suit races and sea shanty performances. Zuanich Point Park and Squalicum Harbor, www.bellinghamseafeast.org

September 21–22, Edmonds
EDMONDS ART STUDIO TOUR
19 studios featuring 34 artists working in a wide array of mediums are featured on this self-guided tour visiting artists in their studios throughout Edmonds. www.edmondsartstudiotour.com

September 21–22, Auburn
CASCADE GEM & MINERAL SHOW
Vendors, displays, demonstrations and kids activities add layers of options at this show, with a free rock for every child, as well as a raffle that funds grants for students majoring in geology and paleontology. Green River College, www.cascademineralogicalsociety.org

September 21–22 and 28–29, Southwest Washington
ARTRAILS STUDIO TOUR
Watch artists at work and purchase original art during the 17th annual self-guided studio tour. Begin your weekend tour at the historic Centralia Train Depot Exhibition Gallery. www.artrailsofsww.org

September 21 – November 9, San Juan Islands
SAVOR THE SAN JUANS
Ease into a slower time of year with film festivals, farm tours, harvest dinners and much more, while indulging in the food, spirits, music, and natural beauty of Orcas, Lopez and San Juan Islands. (888) 468-3701, www.visitsanjuans.com/savor

September 26-October 6, Seattle
TASVEER SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL
TSAFF is the largest South Asian film festival in the country, with over 5,000 attendees and more than 60 films in five cities. (206) 349-4478, tsaff.tasveer.org

September 26–29, Gig Harbor
GIG HARBOR FILM FESTIVAL
An opening night gala and Sunday awards ceremony are among the cornerstones of this annual festival, which celebrates independent films. Galaxy Theatre, (253) 851-3456, www.gigharborfilm.org

September 27–29, Long Beach Peninsula
WINGS OVER WILLAPA FESTIVAL
Loaded with field trips, artist workshops, presentations, and a catered Saturday evening event with keynote speaker and silent auction this festival celebrates the birds, art, nature, and culture of Willapa Bay and the Long Beach Peninsula. www.wingsoverwillapa.org

September 27–29, Spokane Valley
SPOKANE OKTOBERFEST
German dancing and singing add authentic flair to this celebration, with beer, entertainment, food and fun among the offerings. Remember to plan a safe ride home. CenterPlace Regional Event Center, (509) 621-0125, www.spokaneoktoberfest.com

September 27 – October 6, Seattle
“CARMINA BURANA” AND “AGON”
More than 100 dancers, musicians and singers join together under Carmina Burana’s 2,500-pound golden wheel in this Pacific Northwest Ballet season-opener, paired with the pinnacle of George Balanchine and Igor Stravinsky’s artistic collaboration, Agon. McCaw Hall, (206) 441-2424, www.pnb.org; AAA discount for online ticket purchases with promo code AAA1718.

September 27 – October 6, Whidbey Island
WHIDBEY ISLAND GROWN WEEK
This 10-day celebration of local businesses, farmers, purveyors and experiences offers self-guided farm tours, Greenbank Farm’s Harvest Faire, farm chef collaboration dinners, cooking demonstrations, cycling tours, a cider festival at Pacific Rim Institute in Coupeville (remember to plan a safe ride home) and more. www.whidbeyislandgrown.com

September 28, Woodinville
TEEN ART SHOW
The Woodinville Arts Alliance Teen Council presents a juried teen art exhibit during the Sammamish Valley Fall Celebration. 21 Acres, https://woodinvilleartsalliance.com

September 28–29, Spokane
ARTISTRY IN WOOD
Enjoy wood carvings, turnings, demonstrations, a juried show for all levels of experience and a raffle at this 30th annual show sponsored by the Spokane Carvers Association. Salvation Army Center, (509) 244-3467, www.spokanecarvers.com

September 28–29, Leavenworth
WASHINGTON STATE AUTUMN LEAF FESTIVAL
The leaves are turning, just in time for music in the gazebo, street dances, games and a parade in downtown Leavenworth. (509) 548-5807, www.autumnleaffestival.com

September 28–29, Carnation
MICHELMASSE FESTIVAL
The days of yore come to life at this annual festival through performances, hands-on experiences and demonstrations ranging from cider-pressing to blacksmithing. Camlann Medieval Village, (425) 788-8624, www.camlann.org

September 29, Snohomish
SNOHOMISH CLASSIC CAR AND HOT ROD DISPLAY
Classic and vintage vehicles, hot rods, and stock and modified specialty cars and trucks are among the vehicles on display in historic downtown Snohomish. (360) 568-2526, www.snohomishchamber.org

October 4, Spokane
TERRAIN
This annual, juried multimedia art and music event celebrates young and emerging artists in the Spokane area, with new works by hundreds of artists whose works range from painting to poetry to interactive art and film. Downtown Spokane, www.terrainspokane.com

October 4-5, Bremerton
WEST SOUND QUILTERS SHOW
Vendors, demos, raffle quilt, wearable art, café, quilt turning and featured artist Trish Harrison. Kitsap County Fairgrounds, www.westsoundquilters.org

October 4–5, Tacoma
CANDLELIGHT TOUR
Campfires and candlelight provide illumination for this magical evening walking tour of the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, as more than 100 re-enactors bring to life the men and women of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, (253) 404-3970, www.fortnisqually.org

October 4–5, Olympia
FALL ARTS WALK
Downtown Olympia businesses will open their doors to visual and performing artists, with demonstrations, hands-on activities and street performances adding to this feast for the eyes. Downtown Olympia, (360) 753-8380, www.olympiawa.gov/artswalk

October 4–19, Leavenworth
OKTOBERFEST
Festivalgoers are treated to a Munich-style celebration, complete with live music, German foods, arts and crafts and German beer, the first three Fridays and Saturdays of the month. Remember to plan a safe ride home. Downtown Leavenworth, www.leavenworthoktoberfest.com

October 4–27, Seattle
“AUSTEN'S PRIDE”
A new musical reimagines “Pride and Prejudice” as you’ve never seen it before, as Jane Austen enters her most famous work and begins to understand something about both her characters and herself. 5th Avenue Theatre, (206) 625-1900, www.5thavenue.org; AAA discount by phone with promo code AAA260).

October 4 — February 2, 2020 
ROBERT WILLIAMS: THE FATHER OF EXPONENTIAL IMAGINATION
Recent works from Los Angeles-based artist best known for painting exquisitely detailed allegories and epic history paintings. Bellevue Arts Museum, (425) 519-0770, www.bellevuearts.org

October 5, Yakima
FRESH HOP ALE FESTIVAL 
Yakima celebrates one of its top crops with a competition (and sampling) of craft beers produced with fresh Yakima Valley hops; remember to plan a safe ride home. (509) 388-8829, www.freshhopalefestival.com

October 5, Vancouver
OLD APPLE TREE FESTIVAL
A celebration of the oldest living apple tree in the Northwest, planted in 1826, features fruit tree talks and a (limited) give-away of cuttings, with live music, kids activities and walking tours of the fort among additional enticements. Old Apple Tree Park, Fort Vancouver, (360) 487-8308, www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry

October 5–6, Skagit Valley
FESTIVAL OF FAMILY FARMS
A dozen local farms throw open the barn doors for hands-on activities, tours, tastings and a peek at the agricultural life. (360) 421-4729, www.farmtour.com

October 5–6, Cashmere
APPLE DAYS
The museum’s annual fundraiser features an apple pie contest on Friday evening and bake sale, gold panning, archery, the Wenatchee Youth Circus and live music, among other activities. Cashmere Museum and Pioneer Village, (509) 782-3230, www.cashmeremuseum.org

October 5–6, Shelton
OYSTERFEST
At the festival’s centerpiece—the West Coast Oyster Shucking Championships—contestants vie for titles in shucking speed and half-shell presentation; local nonprofit vendors serve up to 100 seafood delicacies and other tasty foods, and a beer garden and Washington wine tastings add to the fun; remember to plan a safe ride home. Port of Shelton, www.oysterfest.org

October 5–6, Issaquah
SALMON DAYS
This 50th annual event includes a parade, salmon barbecue street fair with carnival area for kids, live music and a 5K run on Sunday to celebrate the salmon’s return each fall to Issaquah’s downtown hatchery and area streams. Downtown Issaquah, (425) 392-0661, www.salmondays.org

October 5–6, Marysville
ROCKTOBERFEST
Demonstrations, club displays, food, and fun and games for kids are part of the mix at this rock and gem show, with fossils, jewelry, beads and more showcased. Totem Middle School, (425) 346-9313, www.marysvillerockclub.com

October 5–6 and 12–13, Lake Chelan
LAKE CHELAN CRUSH
The valley’s wineries invite visitors to tour their cellars, stomp grapes and taste juice from the press, as well as enjoy wine dinners and music; remember to plan a safe ride home. www.lakechelanwinevalley.com

October 5–6 and 12–13, Whatcom County
WHATCOM ARTIST STUDIO TOUR
Artists’ demonstrations and a self-guided drive combine in this fall tour of more than 40 juried artists’ studios. www.studiotour.net

October 5–6 and 12–14, Grays Harbor County
ART DRIVES - GRAYS HARBOR STUDIO TOUR
Visit 29 artists’ studios and five galleries in Grays Harbor and Pacific counties, where paintings, pottery, glass and fiber arts are among the unique offerings. (360) 589-6085, www.artdrives.org

October 9–13, Seattle
BOREALIS
A kaleidoscope of light, color and illusion transforms the exterior facade of the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), showcasing an international video projection mapping competition in four nightly performances; self-guided walking tours throughout the South Lake Union neighborhood of light art installations, food trucks and beer and wine gardens round out the festivities; remember to plan a safe ride home. South Lake Union Park, www.borealisfestivaloflight.com

October 11–13, Port Angeles
DUNGENESS CRAB & SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
The crab meal at this annual event features whole crabs, corn and Nash’s organic coleslaw, while 14 local and regional restaurants will have booths onsite offering everything from crab bisque to Dungeness paella; live music, art and more add zest to the flavors. Port Angeles City Pier, (360) 452-6300, www.crabfestival.org

October 10­–14, Orcas Island
ORCAS ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL
Featuring a lineup of over 30 stellar and intriguing films from regional and international filmmakers, each year this festival focuses on films of the avant-garde, art house, trans-media and emerging edge film culture from around the world. www.orcasfilmfest.com

October 11–13, Ilwaco and Oysterville
WATER MUSIC FESTIVAL
The George Mitchell Quintet with special guest Greta Matassa are among the guest artists at this 35th Anniversary Celebration of Water Music Society, which brings talented musicians — from jazz to classical — to seaside settings. (503) 298-3777, www.watermusicfestival.com

October 11 – November 17, Seattle
“THE GREAT MOMENT”
This world premiere play is a funny and poetic meditation on beginnings and endings, birth and age, and the moments of transition that mark our passage from life to death, focusing on a young mother’s view of the end of her grandfather’s life, and the beginning of her young son’s. Leo K. Theater at Seattle Rep, (206) 443-2222 www.seattlerep.org; AAA discount with promo code AAA.

October 12–20, Tacoma
SPOOKLEY THE SQUARE PUMPKIN
The only square pumpkin in a patch watched over by a fatherly scarecrow, Spookley has an adventure that teaches him and all the creatures on the pumpkin farm that he has a valuable place despite his difference in these weekend-only performances for families. Tacoma Musical Playhouse, (253) 565-6867, www.tmp.org; $2 AAA discount with promo code AAA Member.

October 12–13, Yakima Valley including Yakima, Zillah, Prosser, and Red Mountain
CATCH THE CRUSH
More than 40 wineries toast the harvest with grape stomps, tours and wine sales; remember to plan a safe ride home. (509) 965-5201, www.wineyakimavalley.org

October 12–13, Ilwaco and Long Beach
CRANBERRIAN FAIR
This celebration of the peninsula’s annual cranberry harvest looks at this tart fruit through the lens of history, culture and cuisine at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum and a ride on the Cranberry Trolley to the Cranberry Museum for farm tours and a gift shop brimming with cranberry-related treats. Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum and Cranberry Museum, (360) 642-3446 and (360) 642-5553, www.columbiapacificheritagemuseum.org and www.cranberrymuseum.com

October 13, Spokane
SPOKANE TRAIN SHOW
Model trains and supplies, modular layouts in N, HO, S, O & G scales plus a large layout made out of Lego blocks. Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, (509) 991-2317, www.rivercitymodelers.org

October 15 – November 22, Bothell
WATERWORKS AMPLIFIED
The Northwest Watercolor Society’s annual fall exhibition will be judged by Soon Y. Warren, who will also instruct the four-day workshop that runs October 21-24. Tsuga Fine Art & Framing, www.nwws.org

October 17–19, Seattle
SANKAI JUKU
Declared “one of the most original and startling dance theater groups to be seen” by The New York Times, Sankai Juku returns to Seattle with a poetic meditation on the passage of time and the seasonal transformation of the earth. Meany Hall for the Performing Arts, (206) 543-4880, www.meanycenter.org

October 17–20, Tri-Cities
509 TOUR D’ARTS
More than 20 venues, including Red Mountain Wineries, private studios and local businesses, will offer demonstrations and displays of works by more than 30 artists. www.509tourdearts.com

October 17–20, Tacoma
TACOMA HOLIDAY FOOD & GIFT FESTIVAL
Shop 500 booths of art, crafts, specialty foods and unique gifts amid festive decorations, musical holiday greeters, culinary demonstrations and visits from Santa; pay once, return for free! Tacoma Dome, (800) 521-7469, www.holidaygiftshows.com

October 17 – January 26, Seattle
“FLESH AND BLOOD: ITALIAN MASTERPIECES FROM THE CAPODIMONTE MUSEUM”
Featuring renowned artists of the High Renaissance such as Titian and El Greco as well as Neapolitan masters including Artemisia Gentileschi and Bernardo Cavallino, this show reveals the expression of the human body through love, physical labor and suffering. Seattle Art Museum, (206) 654-3100, www.seattleartmuseum.org

October 18, Walla Walla
CHE APALACHE – LATIN BLUEGRASS
This four-man string band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico and the United States began as a bluegrass band, but has since incorporated Latin American styles into their repertoire, evoking images from Appalachia to the Andes. Gesa Power House Theatre, (509) 529-6500, www.phtww.com

October 18–20, Quinault
QUINAULT MUSHROOM FESTIVAL
Elaborate displays of freshly harvested mushrooms, presentations by mushroom experts, guided mushrooming, mushroom-growing workshops and autumn menus featuring mushrooms are all a part of this annual event at Lake Quinault Lodge. (360) 288-2900, www.olympicnationalparks.com

October 18–31, Seattle
“THIS IS HALLOWEEN”
This original, dark fantasy musical adaptation of Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” features Can Can Productions’ signature cabaret and burlesque stylings, with live orchestral music, vocal performance and spooky video projections. The Triple Door, (206) 838-4333, www.thetripledoor.net

October 18 – November 17, Seattle
“DRACULA”
Bram Stoker’s original Victorian gothic novel, published in 1897, has been re-adapted for ACT’s stage by Steven Dietz, putting a new spin on the old tale to create a thoughtful and haunting interpretation of the story for the 21st century. ACT Theatre at The Falls Theatre, (206) 292-7676, www.acttheatre.org. AAA discount with promo code AAA260.

October 19, Enumclaw
VIKING FEAST
A whole smoked pig is the centerpiece of this Viking-centric event, complete with Viking trivia questions and entertainment; costumes are encouraged. Danish Hall, (360) 802-4326, www.enumclawdanishsisterhood.com

October 19 – November 1, Seattle
“CINDERELLA”
Director Lindy Hume sets the fairy tale in and around a Victorian emporium inspired by Charles Dickens, turning Rossini’s flowery adaptation of the ultimate rags-to-riches story into a comedic love story about hope in a dark world. McCaw Hall, (206) 389-7676, www.seattleopera.org

October 20, Everett
WILD MUSHROOM SHOW
Discover the fungus among us with more than 100 varieties of fleshy, fungal fruits on display at this free Snohomish County Mycological Society event, featuring videos, reference materials, experts and a mushroom identification class. Floral Hall at Forest Park, www.scmsfungi.org

October 25–27, Rockport
KULAPALOOZA
Three-day adventure retreat on the shores of Lake Diablo in the North Cascades, with outdoor painting, photography, adventure storytelling, hiking canoeing, wilderness first aid, wildlife awareness and more. North Cascades Institute, (360) 524-1278 https://kulapalooza.events

October 25–27, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
FRIDAY HARBOR FILM FESTIVAL
Enjoy three full days of quality documentaries and docu-dramas and short movies, highlighting compelling stories about humanitarian efforts, environmental issues, social concerns and daring explorations, with Q & A periods with the filmmakers to enrich and engage participants at some shows. www.fhff.org

October 26-27, Seattle
WILD MUSHROOM SHOW
This annual event put on by the Puget Sound Mycological Society includes scientific displays of mushrooms, lectures, stations where kids can build mushroom kits, vendors, cooking demos and a table where you can have mushrooms identified while you wait. North Seattle Community College, (206) 522-6031, www.psms.org/show.php.

October 29 – November 3, Seattle
“MISS SAIGON”
This beloved musical traces the story of a young Vietnamese woman orphaned by war, who meets and falls in love with an American GI, then goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to him after their separation during the fall of Saigon. Paramount Theatre, (800) 982-2787, www.stgpresents.org; AAA discount with promo code AAASTG.

Idaho

October 9–13, Wood River Valley
TRAILING OF THE SHEEP FESTIVAL
Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley celebrate the history and culture of sheep ranching in Idaho and the West, with folk and traditional arts centered on the annual tradition of moving sheep from their summer mountain pastures down to the valley for winter grazing. (208) 720-0585, www.trailingofthesheep.org

October 11–12, Bonners Ferry
SHARE YOUR LOVE OF QUILTING
More than 100 quilts will be on display, including wall hangings and antique quilts, at this open, non-judged show put on by the 9B Quilters. (208) 267-5355

October 18–20, Lewiston
HELLS CANYON GEM CLUB SHOW
Displays, demonstrators, dealers, dinosaur fossils, competitive cases, raffles and give-aways, a silent auction, and a large statue of the Space Needle made of rocks make this annual show shine. Nez Perce County Fair Building, (208) 413-1806, www.hellscanyongemclub.com

Oregon

August 31 – September 2, Portland
ART IN THE PEARL
Portland’s North Park blocks are filled with art, theater, live music, demonstrations and hands-on activities during this arts festival, which offers the chance to view works by local, regional and national artists. (503) 512-9071, www.artinthepearl.com

September 7–14, Pendleton
PENDLETON ROUND-UP       
Bareback riding and other classic contests, as well as parades and entertainment are at the heart of this authentic Western town’s famous annual rodeo. Pendleton Round-Up Stadium, (541) 276-2553, www.pendletonroundup.com

September 12–15, Portland
FEAST PORTLAND
With a night market, the Big Feast, dinners, classes and panels, this flavorful festival continues to grow, with events taking place throughout the Rose City. www.feastportland.com

September 13–15, Cannon Beach
COTTAGE & GARDEN TOUR
The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum’s annual tour showcases the vintage cottages, beautiful gardens and dream homes of the town, along with a weekend-long series of events including live music, wine tasting and a luncheon lecture; remember to plan a safe ride home. www.cbhistory.org/events-exhibits/cottage-tour

September 27–29, Astoria
PACIFIC NORTHWEST BREW CUP
Three dozen craft brews and ciders, along with live music, local food carts and family entertainment offer an Oktoberfest vibe along the town’s historic waterfront; remember to plan a safe ride home. Barbey Maritime Center, www.pacificnorthwestbrewcup.com

October 11–13, Hood River
HOOD RIVER VALLEY HARVEST FEST
This old-fashioned harvest festival, complete with music, beer, wine and local artisans as well as a kids zone with bouncy castles and face-painting, features local produce, including Anjou pears, heirloom apples and pumpkins; remember to plan a safe ride home. (541) 386-2000, www.hoodriver.org

October 18–20, Astoria
ASTORIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Showcasing independent filmmaking from the Pacific Northwest and around the world, the festival will screen an array of films, from documentaries to features. Liberty Theatre, (503) 484-5122, www.goaiff.com

British Columbia

Now — October 14, Whistler
VALLEA LUMINA
Montreal’s award-winning Moment Factory will stage a fantastical, multimedia night walk in a forest using lights, videos, soundscape and scenography to transport visitors to another world; the company has previously collaborated on events for the NFL, Madonna and Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia; bus from Whistler Village required. Cougar Mountain, (833) 800-8480, www.vallealumina.com

September 6–7, Victoria
GREAT CANADIAN BEER FESTIVAL
A good time is brewing at Royal Athletic Park, where aficionados sample beers from more than 75 breweries across Canada; remember to plan a safe ride home. Royal Athletic Park, www.gcbf.com

September 10–15, Whistler
WHISTLER VILLAGE BEER FESTIVAL
Billed as “a rad time with thousands of festivalgoers and the mountains as your backdrop,” this festival features unique cask nights, craft beer-infused menus and blind taste testing to determine the champion brewery. Remember to plan a safe ride home. Whistler Olympic Plaza, www.gibbonswhistler.com/whistler-village-beer-festival

September 26 – October 11, Vancouver
VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The lineup of more than 320 films from 70 countries includes a B.C. Spotlight, showcasing the province’s filmmaking talent. Vancity Theatre, (604) 683-3456, www.viff.org

October 3–13, Okanagan Valley
FALL OKANAGAN WINE FESTIVAL
Celebrate the grape harvest in B.C.’s premier wine-growing region at more than 80 events—including grape-stomping, a vineyard-themed escape room, and multi-course dinner in a wine cave; remember to plan a safe ride home. (250) 861-6654, www.thewinefestivals.com


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